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. the house or senate members. it's because they have constituents that support and control, like harry reid's district, so it's a major issue. i believe the background checks at the gun shows, i believe that could pass congress without using executive action. but the fear is there for the people. george bush did it as well, but we have to relinquish the fear. i think, by going through congress and getting it passed by congress, it will be less drama and try to strip funding from the atf through congress, through the continuing resolution. host: do you think if president obama does executive orders, the that poisoned the well for even the background checks, let alone the assault weapons ban? caller: the background checks, there are federal background checks already, so he may expand that law. host: take a look at what the washington post says president obama is expected to say later this morning. background checks for all firearms buyers, as did the assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips. some of those or most of those would have to be done through congress. but perhaps he does s
it on the floor next week, and then next major question is will the senator harry reid feel the need to take this bill up? and his response initially yesterday, he didn't kind of rule it out right, i mean, he didn't say no right away, but he did suggest he was not ready to commit just yet. so we will have to see what happens. host: the expected no pay on the senate side i guess a driver for them, is this something they would be overly concerned about? >> some who are independently wealthy, it probably wouldn't be a big deal. but the house cut its office budget and i think they cut their pay, and some of the house members on the democratic side complained very vigorously about this. there's a whole lot of different people that make up the congress, and some of them are in great shape financially, millionaires. and some of them are not so great. those are probably going to be the squeaky wheels when and if that were to happen. they may be the ones saying we have to do this budget because i need to pay my car payment and rent. host: jonathan strong roll call staff writer. we appreciate your tim
." many similar articles in the paper. i'm sure you heard what harry reid has said. guest: i think they are wrong. we have never seen this kind of enthusiasm on capitol hill. i think it reflects public demands for some sensible solutions, particularly after sandy hook. it will be difficult for a politician it to stand up to their constituents and explain why they fought for the right of felons to be able to buy a gun no questions asked. they fought for the right of 30- and 50-round ammunition magazines to be on the streets. the vast amount of americans reject that. times have changed. there is tremendous momentum. host: what percentage of families have firearms? guest: it has been declining for some time. the numbers have been a minority , thin the 30's and 40's depending if you count gun owners or households. we do not have precise information. a minority of the population. host: which states are doing the best when it comes to your point of view? guest: california has probably been the best. new york as of a few days ago with the package of important measures has moved up on a pa
step. you have leadership on both parties. harry reid said it is his number one priority. he also is it he would have a hearing early next month and lay the groundwork for this. he said he wants to get a bill of of the committee. most of this, house republicans, senate democrats to try this in the past. some will be the launch pens for this bill again to the senate. the big question here is house republicans. the control the house. -- lynch pins of in the house. john boehner said they wouldn't move of immigration. that is an amazing thing to. they had a brief area where it appeared it would happen and they stalled out. he said he wanted to tackle this. it was clear he wanted to do this in a small piecemeal fashion. that is not the way the senate wants to go about it. they feel if you do that do everything at the same time you lose too many people and you cannot do a deal out of the chamber. that is the big question, to house republicans decide that they want to go full bore an to immigration and of they do, how do they go about doing better? a think we are probably likely that we
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